What is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia can best be described as a musculoskeletal disorder that can affect the whole body by causing pain and tenderness in various areas. Although there may be a gradual or mild onset of pain, fibromyalgia can at times become so severe as to be debilitating. It is unknown what specifically causes fibromyalgia but it has been linked to incidents such as repetitive injuries or illnesses and accidents that cause a traumatic impact to the body. People with certain medical conditions also have a higher likelihood of getting fibromyalgia, including those with lupus or various types of arthritis.
What Are the Symptoms of Fibromyalgia?
Symptoms of fibromyalgia can vary from person to person, but most cases are accompanied by muscle tenderness, neck pain, low back pain and general achy feeling in the joints or extremities. Additionally, many people experience severe fatigue, migraines, insomnia, painful menstruation and mental confusion, often referred to as “fibro fog.” Joint stiffness and a tingling sensation or feelings of numbness in the feet or hands are also common complaints of people who suffer from fibromyalgia. Some of these symptoms co-exist at the same time but, most often, there’s an ebb and flow to them over the course of days or weeks.
How Often Do People Have Fibromyalgia Flare Ups?
Again, this varies from person to person. Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition, so the symptoms come and go, depending on factors such as a person’s overall physical and emotional health. There are other triggers that may cause flare-ups to occur more frequently or severely. These triggers include weather changes, hormonal imbalances, traveling, diet or lack of sleep. People can avoid triggers as much as possible by paying attention to what causes their flare-ups and adjusting problematic behaviors or habits accordingly.
How to Treat Fibromyalgia
Although there is no cure for fibromyalgia, pain management can be achieved through chiropractic care combined with physical therapy or other complementary health treatments, such as massage therapy and acupuncture.
Because fibromyalgia sufferers experience neck, back and joint pain, chiropractic adjustments can help to manipulate the joints and soothe the muscles in a way that offers quick, natural, effective pain relief in a way that pain relievers simply can’t.
Chiropractor in Comstock Park for Fibromyalgia Treatment
Our chiropractor serves the Grand Rapids, MI area, and is highly knowledgeable and experienced in treating individuals who are suffering from fibromyalgia. The best way to learn about the healing benefits of chiropractic care and how it can ease the pain of your chronic fibromyalgia is to come and try us out for yourself.
Call today and we’ll be happy to arrange an appointment for a consultation at your convenience. We look forward to meeting you and to helping to relieve your pain!